*Before reading on, let it be known that whilst this piece focuses its venom on Chelsea, it could just have easily been aimed at a whole host of other big name clubs at home and abroad. And really, nothing bad is said about Chelsea here - The Blog is just using the name in the hope of generating controvesry and hits - is that so bad?
Whilst Chelsea have scored a record 21 goals in their opening five games, alongside securing maximum points, West Brom have been more than happy with a comparatively meagre 7 points from their opening games. There is also the small matter of a 6-0 win for Chelsea against the Midlands club on the opening day of the season.
For all intents and purposes then, no, West Brom are not better than the London giants. They have never won a European trophy, they have not won a league title in decades and their squad does not currently possess the likes of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.
However, the fact that West Brom do not out-perform Chelsea in terms of traditional measures such as silverware and playing ability does not negate their claim to...err 'betterness'.
Trophies are the measurement created by The Establishment - of which Chelsea are a part - and it is therefore relatively obvious that they will be judged successful on that basis - if you decide what success is, you mould it around yourself.
When you tear aside that arbitrary notion of what success is though, you quickly begin to realise that West Brom are successful in a number of ways that Chelsea are not.
Firstly, the Baggies are not in massive debt - or, have not had to be bailed out by a billionaire benefactor.
This Blog does not begrudge Chelsea their titles, but it does reserve the right to carry a sense of moral superiority when it hears their fans celebrating them. What's more, their claims that their team did not 'buy the title' are on the absolute side of ludicrous - their first title in 50 years did not merely coincide with Roman Abramovich's arrival, dear readers.
Baggies fans too, represent a strong claim to greatness for West Brom. The Hawthorns regularly achieves full attendances, in spite of the clubs comparatively large amount of defeats. Why is this an achievement - surely it just demonstrates a lack of sense on the part of those fans? Well, yes, but it also suggests that there is something innately likeable (id est I have no explanation for it) about West Brom as a club and a team.
A better writer would think of more reasons as to why West Brom should be considered 'better' than Chelsea - and there surely are many more reasons on offer - but This Blog has grown tired of constructing this overly lengthy piece which carries only really one point: success is not necessarily what we are told it is - West Brom are, in some ways, a better team than Chelsea.
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